Radio Music City Hall

Radio Music City Hall Photograph by Christina Czybik - Radio Music

At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality entertainment. Since its 1932 opening, more than 300 million people have gone to Radio City to enjoy movies, stage shows, concerts, and special events.

Radio City Music Hall was the brainchild of the billionaire John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who decided to make the theater the cornerstone of the Rockefeller Complex he was building in a formerly derelict neighborhood in midtown Manhattan. The theater was built in partnership with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and designed by Donald Deskey. The result was an Art Deco masterpiece of elegance and grace constructed out of a diverse variety of materials, including aluminum, gold foil, marble, permatex, glass, and cork. Geometric ornamentation is found throughout the theater, as is Deskey's central theme of the "Progress of Man." The famous Great Stage, measuring 60 feet wide and 100 feet long, resembles a setting sun. Its sophisticated system of hydraulic-powered elevators allowed spectacular effects in staging, and many of its original mechanisms are still in use today.

In its first four decades, Radio City Music Hall alternated as a first-run movie theater and a site for gala stage shows. More than 700 films have premiered at Radio City Music Hall since 1933. In the late 1970s, the theater changed its format and began staging concerts by popular music artists. The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, which debuted in 1933, draws more than a million people annually. The show features the high-kicking Rockettes, a precision dance troupe that has been a staple at Radio City since the 1930s.

In 1999, the Hall underwent a seven-month, $70 million restoration. Today, Radio City Music Hall remains the largest indoor theater in the world.

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2009-03-10 07:14:15 by Zillno

Ann Coulter at Radio City Music Hall last night.

I'm not making any of this up:
- All Wall Street investment bankers are liberal Democrats.
- When Sarah Palin couldn't answer Katie Couric's question about which newspapers she read, she was really avoiding the question because she is a WASP, and that's how they avoid answering personal questions.
- When Ari Fleischer said "Americans should watch what they say" when asked about some of Maher's comments just after 9/11, this was not an example of the White House targeting a media figure.
- Rush Limbaugh could easily get a date.

2013-10-22 09:41:38 by HotCoffeePlease

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular $$$$

Last time I went I was about six and I loved it. thinking of taking DD but the tickets are a small fortune. just over $300 per for best seating (19th row, center)/$200 per for second best (left of center row V, whatever that means)
have you been lately, and if so was it worth it? which seating would you choose?

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